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    Liquid Pay targets 25,000 retailers in Singapore with QR code mobile payments

    November 24th, 2016

    Some 25,000 retail locations in Singapore are expected to accept a new mobile payment service within the next 12 months. Liquid Pay enables consumers to make payments by scanning a QR code at the point… More

    Starbucks takes mobile payments to 260 stores in Indonesia

    November 23rd, 2016

    Customers at coffee chain Starbucks in Indonesia can now make mobile payments at 260 stores nationwide by scanning a barcode at the point of sale using the company’s mobile app and completing the payment using… More

    Muji to accept Alipay in Chinese stores

    November 23rd, 2016

    Retail giant Muji is to accept Alipay mobile payments in nearly 200 stores in mainland China. “At the same time, the two parties will connect their membership systems,” China Tech News reports. “Once consumers complete payments with Alipay in Muji stores, they can gain Muji’s membership card and realise automatic points accumulation.”

    Covent Garden offers augmented reality gift for Christmas shoppers

    November 22nd, 2016

    London’s Covent Garden shopping district is showcasing what it claims to be the largest showcase of augmented reality (AR) technology attempted in one location, with Christmas shoppers offered exclusive offers, gift guides and immersive shopping… More

    PwC in digital currency project for everyday banking

    November 16th, 2016

    Global consultancy firm PwC has joined forces with US blockchain technology outfit Bloq to create a platform allowing digital currencies to be used for everyday banking. Vulcan Digital Asset Services will “provide digital currency wallets, international payment processing, and investment and trading services, and will soon offer point-of-sale and merchant services and the ability to create and support native digital currencies and rewards-based systems”, Bloq says. The partnership also involves blockchain analytics provider Libra and digital currency solutions firm Netki.

    Samsung Pay to launch Samsung Rewards programme in the US

    November 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is to launch a rewards programme in the US this week that will let users earn points for each purchase, which can be redeemed for items such as gift cards at participating stores,… More

    Citi launches global API Developer Hub

    November 11th, 2016

    Citi has launched a global API Developer Hub to give developers access to APIs across eight usage categories including account management, peer-to-peer payments, money transfer to institutions, Citi rewards, investment purchases and account authorisation. “The release of Citi APIs marks the evolution of Citi’s technology to open architecture, which will facilitate collaboration and partnerships with fintech companies and consumer brands to benefit customers,” Citi says. Additional categories will be added over time.

    US smartphone owners switch to mobile payments

    October 31st, 2016

    More than half of smartphone owners in the US have used their mobile phone to pay for goods and services in-store and online, Mercator Advisory Group says. Eight in 10 who use mobile payment apps including Apple Pay say they are more convenient than using a payment card. More than half say it is faster and more secure, while 37% think it is harder. Seven in 10 would use mobile payments more if they automatically received rewards or discounts.

    Mastercard to launch artificial intelligence bots for banks and merchants

    October 25th, 2016

    Mastercard has unveiled plans to launch artificial intelligence (AI) bots for its merchant and bank partners, allowing consumers to use chat, messaging and natural language interfaces to shop and manage their finances. Mastercard KAI, the… More

    French electronic wallets merge to create ‘universal mobile payment solution’

    October 21st, 2016

    French bank BNP Paribas and supermarket giant Carrefour are to merge their Wa! and Fivory electronic wallets to create a “unified, universal mobile payment solution”, allowing customers to make payments, receive loyalty rewards and make… More

    Australian banks call Apple’s NFC restriction “completely baseless”

    October 17th, 2016

    Apple’s claim that allowing access to the NFC technology within its iPhones would diminish the security of Apple Pay has been branded “completely baseless” by a group of four Australian banks, who are seeking greater… More

    Apple Pay launches in New Zealand

    October 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay has arrived in New Zealand with support for Visa credit and debit cards issued by ANZ Bank New Zealand. The mobile payment service will be accepted by some of the country’s major retailers… More

    Kohl’s launches QR code mobile payments feature across the US

    October 7th, 2016

    Customers at US department store chain Kohl’s can now make purchases by scanning a QR code at the point of sale using Kohl’s Pay, a mobile payment feature that has been integrated into the retailer’s… More

    Amex enables rewards purchases on Amazon

    October 3rd, 2016

    Canadian customers of American Express who are enrolled in the company’s Membership Rewards program can now pay for purchases using their reward points on Amazon. “Cardmembers need to complete a one-time registration to securely link their Membership Rewards account to their Amazon.ca account,” American Express says. “Membership Rewards points are available immediately for use on Amazon.ca any time cardmembers are shopping.”

    Samsung Pay gets new features and gives away $100,000 in prizes

    September 28th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has updated its mobile app to include an in-app coupon service so users can search, store and redeem coupons as well as a cloud storage feature to restore membership, gift and Samsung Reward… More

    Android Pay users get free London travel and coffee

    September 28th, 2016

    Mastercard customers using Google’s Android Pay will be able to travel for free around London when using the city’s transport network on four Mondays in October. They will also be eligible for a free hot drink at Caffè… More

    Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app

    September 23rd, 2016

    US department store chain Kohl’s is rolling out a new capability that will allow holders of its store-branded charge card to checkout directly from its mobile app. “The feature is in addition to Kohl’s existing mobile wallet capabilities, which lets shoppers store their payment information to the app and aggregate promotions and rewards,” CNBC reports.

    Curve launches rewards, raises $3m in funding

    September 21st, 2016

    London-based startup Curve has launched a virtual Curve Rewards card through an app that allows consumers to spend points as currency when using the company’s physical payment card. “When you earn rewards, they’ll pop up on your Curve Rewards card as points,” the company says. “Simply choose the Rewards card in the app and use it to pay like you would any other bank card.” The Curve card was unveiled in February 2016. The company has also recently raised US$3m, taking its seed funding to around $5m.

    Amex enables loyalty points for purchases

    September 9th, 2016

    American Express Canada is enabling cardmembers to use rewards points to pay for purchases charged to their card. “To use points for purchases, eligible cardmembers login to their account, either through the mobile app or online, and simply click to view recent charges,” American Express says. “To select eligible transactions, they simply click ‘use points for purchases’. Once membership rewards points are used, cardmembers will get a credit applied to their account within 48 hours.”

    Coop Denmark to launch mobile loyalty and payments platform

    September 8th, 2016

    Supermarket chain Coop Denmark is launching a new mobile loyalty and rewards platform incorporating mobile payment functionality in all of its stores from October. The service will enable customers in Irma, Kvickly, Brugsen and KNB locations… More

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